“It’s that piece of land between Singapore and Thailand!”

The United States Vice President Kamala Harris is in Singapore today to counter China’s growing influence over Southeast Asia and to discuss the global chip shortage that is costing US companies billions of dollars.

She’s scheduled to visit Hanoi later this week, the first VP to ever do so.

Considering that Malaysia is a prime base for testing and packaging chips, and electronics and electrical products account for 39% of the country’s total exports, it’s rather unusual that Malaysia was bypassed from this conference. …


What it’s like to have a nationality with an asterisk

I recently watched an Indian movie, ‘Raazi’, set in the early ’70s about an Indian Muslim girl from Kashmir who marries into a high-ranking Pakistani military family to conduct espionage for India at the time of war. The movie is based on a true story.


Here’s what no one tells you about loving yourself

The notion of ‘Happily Ever After’ is taught to us through fairytales at a very young age. It teaches us to believe in a light at the end of the tunnel, and that everything will work out in our favour at the end.

For the better part of my life, whenever adversity hit, I would dream of riding into the sunset with my Prince Charming who would make all my problems go away. I grew up believing that some knight in shining armour would come rescue me from my problems.

We spend all our lives waiting for someone to come…


If my father saw this, he’d put a bullet through my head.

Growing up in two heavily religious countries, the concept of not having a religion was something demonic and unacceptable.

It’s not that atheists don’t exist in heavily religious countries, but most atheists hide their beliefs in fear of persecution.

From a very young age, I was exposed to the idea of God. I was told that there was a man in the sky who was watching over me and I had to be at my best behaviour at all times in order to have good things happen to me.

When I had to go through obstacles in life, I was…


Stupid things people say to tattooed women

As a young Asian woman living in a conservative society, having tattoos is something that is immensely frowned upon. So you can imagine the look of horror on my parents’ face when I came home with one. That too on a very visible spot (my forearm).

Words were thrown around, some disagreements, threats of disownment were made, and after a week of the silent treatment, my parents moved on.

Although they go about their lives ignoring the existence of my tattoo, there is one group of people that hadn’t really had their turn ridiculing me for the art I choose…


We are still being subjected to unfair prejudices when it comes to this practice

Tattoos have been around for centuries. From Native Americans to ancient Egyptians to Maori tribes, tattoos have held significance in a lot of cultures. They symbolize a person’s identity in a number of ways, whether it’s status within a community, passage into adulthood, or a connection with a particular group.

Art and symbolism are some of the most consistent forms of communication we humans have sustained over the span of our existence. Art, drawings, and symbols have all, time and time again, helped us to express ourselves — whether to communicate with others or with ourselves. …


Brexit. What an exasperating farrago. In these times of high uncertainty, it must be particularly afflicting being a startup owner; not knowing what the future holds for your business. Ever since its announcement in 2016, Brexit’s often contradicting headlines have caused much confusion for all parties involved.

Even though the change was scheduled for March 2019, here we are, after a month, still being kept in the dark on what Prime Minister Theresa May has in mind for Britain’s budding startup community that draws talent and investment from all over the globe.

Here’s all we know so far. There are…

Aish Mann

An economist by training & a writer by soul, I write about topics that I feel add value to the world.

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